LUL ATC in Depots and Sidings

Our Ref: HSR/2/25
Head Office Circular: NP/211/21
17th June 2021
To: The Secretary
LUL Fleet Maintenance Branch

Dear Colleague,

London Underground Limited – ATC in Depots and Sidings

Your National Executive Committee (NEC) met on 15th June 2021 to discuss a resolution “ATC (Automatic Train Control) in Depots and Sidings” received from RMT LU Fleet Branch, which reads as follows:

This resolution calls upon the NEC to instruct the GS to ballot all LU Fleet members who are based at the following locations Ealing Common, Hammersmith, Neasden and Upminster and Test Crew members, to be balloted for both Strike Action and Action Short of a Strike, as a result of LU’s refusal to follow the agreed machinery and attend ACAS and seek to get agreement with this union on the introduction of a safe system of work when ATC working is brought into use in both Depots and Sidings across SSL/SSR and any future locations.

This failing on LU’s part to put a safe way of working in place, we believe, will lead to either a serious injury or loss of life, to our members and cannot and will not be tolerated.

We also ask that the NEC consult other branches who have affected members in other grades, with a view of extending the ballot to include them as a matter of urgency.

In relation to the above resolution, the NEC decision is as follows:

We note the resolution from our LUL Fleet Maintenance Branch and that London Underground has stated its intention to impose an unsafe arrangement for controlling trains in depots and sidings on the SSR/SSL railway (District, Circle, H&C & Metropolitan Lines).

The NEC, like our fleet maintenance members, is horrified that LUL should impose such arrangements placing our members at entirely avoidable risk, rather than agree a safe working arrangement with our safety representatives.

RMT has sought to resolve this matter with LUL and believed that we had made significant progress before management took the decision to abandon productive discussions and impose their arrangements on our members.

The General Secretary is therefore instructed to:
Prepare a ballot matrix of all fleet maintenance members working on SSR/SSL including all members at Ealing Common, Hammersmith, Neasden, Upminster and Test Crew members.
Seek an urgent report from the lead officer on what forms of action short of strike members should be balloted on and for a summary of the latest position regarding the issue of ATC in depots and sidings in other LUL functions.

LTRC, LUL Fleet Maintenance Branch to be informed. LU Fleet Branch members to be informed by texts and email.

I am acting in accordance with these instructions.

Please bring the contents of this circular to the attention of relevant members.

Yours sincerely

Michael Lynch
General Secretary